Quiet Riot drummer Frankie Banali sadly lost his fight with pancreatic cancer yesterday, a somber moment for rock. Banali had a truly incredible life changing rock history for the better and of course also was on the very first metal album to ever go number one, the legendary Metal Health (which sold over ten million glorious copies).
An official statement from his family said that Banali “put up an inspiringly brave and courageous 16-month battle to the end and continued playing live as long as he could. Standard chemotherapy stopped working, and a series of strokes made the continuation on a clinical trial impossible. He ultimately lost the fight at 7:18PM on Aug. 20 in Los Angeles surrounded by his wife and daughter.”
Banali will be missed by fans and loved ones around the world.
— Rudy Sarzo (@rudysarzo) August 21, 2020
So very sad that my brother Frankie Banali, passed away last night.
Frankie played drums on the the Hughes: Thrall album . There was
no one more loyal honorable courageous and committed than Frankie.
Words cannot express how I feel. Let’s all share the love for Frankie
— Glenn Hughes (@glenn_hughes) August 21, 2020
— BulletBoys (@TheBulletBoys) August 21, 2020
So saddened to hear of the passing of my drumming brother @FrankieBanali. He fought an incredibly brave battle against Cancer and his strength and dignity was truly inspiring…Rest In Peace my friend 😢 #RIPFrankieBanali pic.twitter.com/pTXPuqgScG
— Mike Portnoy 🤘 (@MikePortnoy) August 21, 2020